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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

November 21, 2018



This Sunday

This Sunday the scripture reading is Psalm 132:1-12 and Pastor Bob's sermon title is "A Thankful Past." Happy Thanksgiving! See you on Sunday!

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Tonight at 7 pm, Cherry Valley UMC, 1238 Kemmertown Road, Stroudsburg. Hymns & Testimonies of Thanksgiving. Preaching by Pastor Paul: "Make Room in the Valley for Thanksgiving", 1 Samuel 17:1-11.

Weekly sermons at SUMC

Do you enjoy listening to the weekly sermons here at SUMC? Would you like to listen to them even when you are on vacation or out of town? Well, we do have all the sermons available for you to listen to and they are typically posted to our church website each Sunday. And if you have an iPod or iPad, you can subscribe to the sermons so they will automatically be downloaded to your device for easy listening! To sign up for the automatic feed, go to our sermon page: and then click on the iTunes logo. This will connect you to our iTunes page where you can listen to the sermons or view them in iTunes where you can sign up for the automatic feed. Share this link with your friends and family members. We hope you enjoy this way of staying connected to our sermons here at SUMC.

Prayer Mail Boxes

Prayer mail boxes have been placed near the front steps of the church and also at the back of the church on Ann Street. The purpose is to have anyone drop a prayer request in either of the boxes. These requests can be anonymous or with a first name only, the locked section of the mail box will provide privacy. These requests will be gathered daily and a prayer minister will pray over them. We are needing more prayer ministers, so pray about you becoming one. Training will be offered. Call the church office or contact JoAnn Calkins at or 570-402-1210.

Sunday School Teachers are Needed!

We are desperately in need of Sunday School teachers. Please prayerfully consider volunteering and contact Jeff Weber if you can help. Thank you!

Our Special Person of the Week:

Jean Warner, Spring Village at Pocono, 329 East Brown Street, Apt. 226, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

Sanctuary Open for Prayer

The church sanctuary is open to the public for prayer and/or quiet reflection on Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm. You are invited to take advantage of this time if you are in town during the week, and please let your friends know also. Years ago churches were open during the week for anyone to wander in to pray, however now, because of safety concerns, most churches stay locked. We would like the community to know we are an active and "alive" church and offer this opportunity to anyone who needs a quiet space, even if it is only for one hour a week. Please share with your friends and family.


Once again this year, we will be ordering poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas Eve. Blank ordering sheets are in the back of the sanctuary and were included in the November Courier. Deadline to order is November 30. Please consider an alternative to the live poinsettias. Most personal care homes have pets now; and due to safety concerns they do not allow live poinsettias. Dementia patients are not allowed to have fresh flowers or plants, due to safety concerns. Many of our shut-ins have pets and do not want live flowers. Pastors Margie & Ted had a challenging time last year, trying to find homes for leftover poinsettias. If you would like to donate toward the purchase of an articifial flower for Margie & Ted to deliver to someone, please put the check or cash in an envelope marked for the purchase of an artificial flower, and place in the offering plate. The amount is up to you. If you purchase a live plant and do not want to keep it yourself, perhaps a neighbor or someone you know might enjoy it and you could take it to them. If you have questions, please contact the church office. Thank you!

Thank you!

Dear Church family, Thank you so much for your donations to provide silk poinsettias for our shut-ins; it was so thoughtful of all of you. Thanks again, Ted and Margie.


Memorial Tree Leaves

We are still taking orders for memorial tree leaves. So far we have a total of 49 leaves on our Memorial Tree. Each leaf costs $25.00 and will be imprinted with the name and year of your choice. Pet names can be added, too! Order forms are in the back of the sanctuary. Please make your check payable to SUMC and note for "Memorial Tree Leaf" in the memo portion. Completed order forms and payment may be left in the box outside Jackie's office or placed in the offering plate. Please contact the church office with any questions. Proceeds from the sale of memorial leaves will be put toward the remaining bell tower repair bill. Thank you!

House of Worship Safety & Security Seminar

Tuesday, December 4, 6:30-8:30pm (registration begins at 6:00pm) JT Lambert Intermediate School auditorium, 2000 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg. This seminar is geared for all faith based leaders, managers, administrators, parishioners and policy makers by providing exposure to security resources, references and laws affecting houses of worship and school security. Fliers with all details are in the back of the sanctuary. Please let me know your interest so I can let the Office of Emergency Management know how many will attend from SUMC. Thank you! Jackie

Second Saturday Supper for December

December 8 at 5:30 pm. Please join us for a Christmas Party! Bring a covered dish to share and please come in holiday attire (festive red or holiday green) OR dig out that "ugly" Holiday sweater. Also, if possible, bring an unwrapped toy. Help us plan: sign up at the back of the sanctuary or call the church office letting us know how many will be coming and what type of dish you plan to bring. Questions? Please contact Peggy Stewart.



Small Groups

Do you belong to a Small Group? If not, you really should seriously consider doing so. There are a variety of opportunities available which you can see on our website. You will be able to see a brief description of each Small Group, view when and where they meet, and see if there are openings to join the groups. Check out our active Small Groups and consider joining one of them. Alternatively, do you have a passion or interest? Then maybe you can start a brand new Small Group. Contact JoAnn Calkins or Pastor Bob for more information.

Stitch & Pray Small Group

This group is for beginner and experienced knitters and crocheters. The compassion and love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy through prayer shawls. We welcome all levels of experience from beginner to those wanting to increase their knowledge or to share their expertise with others while experiencing the companionship of a small group. No materials are required. Current members will share their equipment. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 2 pm in the church Lounge and the third Tuesday of every month at 7 pm also in the Lounge; if scheduling conflicts arise - the Fellowship Room or the conference room. Update: Stitch & Pray has an ample supply of prayer shawls now. Thank you to all who helped with knitting and crocheting. We are now in need of baby blankets for baptisms. Please contact the church office if you can help out. Thank you again!

Monday Tea Time Small Group

This group meets on Mondays at 1:15 pm and continues weekly. This series study will be weekly episodes of Season 1 of the CBS premier "Touched by an Angel." The series begins on a park bench with two angels (Roma Downey and Della Reese) and ends 9 years later in the same place with the same two angels. Every week we will hear the bold and comforting promise that God exists. He loves you and He wants to be part of your life. A message of hope that can change lives. A discussion of life application will follow. Everyone is welcome. Come for a time of inspirational entertainment and fellowship. No cost and no commitment required, just show up at 1:15pm in the Lounge or designated area. Will finish about 3:30pm. Contact the church office with questions.

Bible Study

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in the church lounge. A Pastor led discussion for men and women focusing on books of the Bible or select study topics. A time of learning applicable to a wide span of ages and life situations. If interested please contact Pastor Bob - or call the church office - 570-421-6020. All are welcome, just bring your Bible.

Digging Deeper Small Group

Monday evenings at 7:00 pm. Meets in the Conference Room beside Pastor Bob's study.

Make a Difference!

Give to a Mission

A variety of missions are supported in our church. You can make a difference both locally and around the world by giving to these missions. A list of missions we support is posted in the Fellowship Room. You can also suggest a new mission that interests you by providing the name and address of the mission, as well as some details about what this particular mission does. Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions, please see a member of the Missions Team or call the church office.



This year's Mission Committee Christmas Tree will benefit Street2Feet. Suggested donation items: reflective items (i.e. tape, vests, etc.), travel cups, small first aid kits, small sewing kits (both can be purchased at dollar stores), snack foods (granola bars, trail mix, etc.), beverages (hot chocolate, coffee) and Aldi's gift cards.

2019 Yard Sale Update - Because of the difficulty we've been experiencing in getting rid of the leftover furniture from this past year's yard sale, we will not be taking any future donations of furniture.

We will be hosting families for Family Promise the week of December 16-23. Help is always needed and appreciated. Watch for sign up sheets to be posted in the Fellowship Room.

Oasis of Love - Food Pantry

We are always collecting donations for Oasis of Love, our local food pantry here in Stroudsburg. There is a box for donations in the sanctuary. If you have questions, please call the church office - 570-421-6020. Thank you!
















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360